Changing channel: switching from Chromecast to Fire TV Stick


I’m not particularly keen on so-called “smart” TVs. At first they seem incredibly useful, allowing easy access to the Internet and movie streaming from the comfort of your couch. If you haven’t had one before, you’re likely to be impressed.

To me, though, smart TVs seem to be designed for rapid obsolescence. Tightly tied to their manufacturer’s hardware and software, you are reliant on that manufacturer to provide regular software updates to fix bugs and improve the user experience. However, new models are continually being released, and the pace of innovation may mean that your particular model will gradually stop being supported.

With this in mind, when I bought a new TV in 2014 I opted for the non-smart option – a good quality Samsung TV that was missing the smart features. This saved me at least £100 on the equivalent smart model. To make up for the missing smart features…

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